Posts Tagged ‘hamid karzai’

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Daily International News 06.07.10

June 7, 2010

Daily International News
June 7, 2010

Northeast Asia
North Korea promotes Kim relative in reshuffle
[AP]
Changes in China Could Raise Prices Worldwide
[NYT]
NKorean leader’s son gives interview
[AP]
Japan’s new PM prepares leadership line-up
[BBC]
Barack Obama greets new Japanese leader Naoto Kan
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Karzai defends removal of Afghan security chiefs
[AP]
Indian court convicts 7 in Bhopal gas tragedy
[AP]
Senior official leaves Kyrgyzstan government
[BBC]

Middle East [Flotilla Related]
Biden says US seeking new ways to address Gaza crisis
[BBC]
Iran Red Crescent to send three aid ships to Gaza
[AFP]
Israel Ambassador Rejects Flotilla Clash Inquiry
[NYT]
Turkey’s foreign policy moves raise concern in West and at home
[WaPo]

Middle East [non-flotilla related]
Yemen arrests 50 foreigners, clashes hit south
[Reuters]
IAEA chief: Iran ‘s nuclear program special case
[AP]
Car bombs, gunmen kill 10 in Iraq attacks
[AP]

Africa
EU to keep Madagascar aid block
[BBC]
Soccer Fans Stampede Outside South African Stadium
[WSJ]
DR Congo suspends police chief over Chebeya death
[BBC]

EU
Lesbian couple weds in Portugal’s 1st gay marriage
[AP]
Sarkozy, Merkel meet amid rifts on economy
[AFP]

Americas/Domestic
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins second trip to Latinamerica
[MercoPress]
New oil plume evidence uncovered
[CNN]
BP says it sees some progress in capping gulf well, collecting oil
[WaPo]
Stars band together to protest Arizona law
[WaPo]
New Jersey men arrested are latest from U.S. tied to terrorist groups
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.11.10

May 11, 2010

Daily International News
May 11, 2010

Northeast Asia
Hatoyama to revisit Okinawa around May 23 over U.S. base issue
[Kyodo]
North Korea World Cup viewing in doubt
[BBC]
Two N. Korean defectors to run in local elections
[Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appeals sentence again
[Reuters]
Son of Corazon Aquino leading in Philippine presidential election
[LAT]
Protests to stay til Thai leaders report to police
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Missile barrage kills 14 in Pakistan tribal area
[AP]
Pakistan invites India for meeting on peace talks
[BBC]

Middle East (some N. Africa)
Iran sentences Newsweek journalist in absentia
[AP]
Russian, Syrian presidents hold talks in Damascus
[AP]
Disregarding peace talks, Israel announces more settlement construction
[McClatchy]
Israel sees no discord with U.S. on nuclear issue
[Reuters]
Ash affects flights in Morocco, Turkey, Spain
[AP]

Africa
EU: Somali pirates free cargo vessel after ransom
[AP]
Libya, EU see first partnership pact this year
[Reuters]

Europe
UK’s Nick Clegg faces agonizing coalition choice
[AP]
Momentum grows towards a Lib-Con deal – if Clegg can convince his party
[Times UK]
French parliament lays groundwork for veil ban
[AP]
Pope blames church’s own sins for sex scandal
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Obama Seeks Karzai Assurances on Corruption Push, Taliban Plan
[Bloomberg]
Senate hearings prompting spill blame game
[AP]
From 05.10 Protesters blast Haiti president’s quake response [AP]
Immigration advocates woo McCain
[Politico]
From 05.10 Obama Said to Be Open to New Miranda Look [NYT]

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Daily International News 04.05.10

April 5, 2010

Daily International News
April 5, 2010

East Asia
SKorean navy pursuing hijacked tanker off Somalia
[AP]
Japanese opposition politician plans new party
[FT]
Scores rescued from flooded Chinese mine
[BBC]
N. Korea threatens to stop preserving remains of U.S. soldiers
[Yonhap]

Southeast Asia
Protesters vow to stay in Bangkok commercial core
[AP]
Australia rushes to contain Barrier Reef oil spill
[AP]

AfPak
US consulate attacked in NW Pakistan
[AP]
U.S. Admits Role in Killing of Afghan Women
[NYT]
From 04.04 Karzai Slams the West Again [WSJ]

Middle East
Private imports allowed into Gaza
[BBC]
Iran says still ready to negotiate nuclear swap
[Reuters]
From 04.04 Iran to host nuclear disarmament conference [AP]

Europe
British parties square off on eve of election call
[AP]
Russia: Bomber kills 2, Islamic insurgency spreads
[AP]
Catholic Cardinal rejects sex abuse ‘gossip’
[BBC] and from 04.04 Pope’s immunity could be challenged in Britain [AP]

Domestic
Geithner Counts on Delay to Let China Strengthen Yuan
[Bloomberg]
From 04.03 China Trade Tensions With U.S. Have Been ‘Amplified,’ Kirk Says [Bloomberg]
Kagan, Judges Said to Be Considered for Supreme Court Vacancy
[Business Week]
Discovery launches on one of last shuttle missions
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 03.22.10

March 22, 2010

And see my twitter feed @lmcgaughy for live quotes from AIPAC Policy Conference events.

Daily International News
March 22, 2010

East Asia
NKorea to try American for illegal entry
[AP]
Google set to announce China site closure
[FT]
Rio Tinto Employees Say They Took Bribes in China
[NYT]

Israel/Palestine
Tensions rise as Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians
[LAT]
US urges restraint from Israel, Palestinians
[AP]
Israeli prime minister in Washington for talks
[AP]
Clinton: Israeli building hurts peace
[AP]

(Other) Middle East
EU slams Iran’s jamming of satellite signals as ‘unacceptable’
[DW]
Iran detains grandson of powerful cleric
[AP]
Egypt frees Israeli journalist arrested at border
[AP]
Poll body rejects Iraq recount call

Central Asia
Karzai meets envoys of Taliban-linked group
[AP]

Africa
Tanzania, Zambia bid for one-off ivory sales fail [AP]
Darfur donor conference falls short of expectations
[AFP]

Europe
UK Supreme Court considers prenuptial agreements
[AP]
German diocese say 6 accused over abuse
[AP]
French President Sarkozy ‘to reshuffle’ after poll
[BBC]

Americas
Mexican Traffickers Sow Chaos With Blockades
[NYT]

Domestic
House approves huge changes to student loan program
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 03.08.10

March 8, 2010

Daily International News
March 8, 2010

North Korea
NKorea says ready to ‘blow up’ SKorea, US
[AP]
N. Korea puts forces on combat alert as U.S., S. Korea begin drill
[Yonhap]

Japan
U.S. Reaches Out to Tokyo’s Real Power
[NYT]
Japan defends dolphin hunt in Oscar-winning ‘Cove’
[AP]

China
China cautions against expecting fast yuan rise
[Reuters]
FM rejects accusations of China’s “tough stance”, calls for objective views on China
[Xinhua]
Xinjiang official stresses fighting separatism, says 198 sentenced for deadly riot
[Xinhua]
Heavy security is the new normal in China’s Tibet
[AP]

SE Asia
Burma military passes key election laws
[BBC]

Iraq
In Iraq, a day of votes, violence
[WaPo]
Iraqi PM’s coalition seen leading vote
[AP]
Sunnis Go to Polls, This Time, to Retain a Voice
[NYT]

(Other) Middle East
Iran launches short-range cruise missile production line
[Tehran Times]
Strong earthquake slams eastern Turkey, kills 51
[AP]
Israel OKs new settlement work despite slowdown
[AP]
Biden in Israel after pledging U.S. support on Iran
[Reuters]
Palestinians: indirect talks last chance for peace
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Afghan leader to host peace conference in spring
[AP]
Gates meeting with military, political leaders
[AP]
Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan
[NYT]

Europe
Iceland Voters Reject Repayment Plan
[NYT]
Civil servants in 48-hour redundancy pay strike
[BBC]
EU’s foreign policy chief seeks to spell out agenda
[Reuters]

Africa
Nigeria: Jos – Another Massacre
[AllAfrica]
Guinea sets June 27 presidential election date
[AP]
Dictator’s son declared winner in Togo election
[CNN]

Americas
US troops withdrawing en masse from Haiti
[AP]
Chileans didn’t get warning of arriving tsunami
[Miami Herald]
Ex-Honduran leader to pen book about 2009 coup
[AP]

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Daily International News 12.17.09

December 17, 2009

Daily International News
December 17, 2009

DPRK
France Decides to Establish Its Office in DPRK [KCNA]

“As already reported, Jack Lang, special envoy of the French president, had a consultation with the DPRK side on the issue of developing the bilateral relations and a series of matters of mutual concern during his visit to the DPRK from November 9, 2009 to 13. The French side informed the DPRK that it decided to establish the French Cooperation and Cultural Action Office in Pyongyang as a step of the first phase for normalizing the relations between the two countries according to the results of his visit to the DPRK. The DPRK consented to France’s opening of the office in Pyongyang, proceeding from the stand to boost the relations with France.”

Thais: US tip led to seizure of arms from NKorea [AP]
“Thai authorities were acting on a tip from the United States when they seized tons of illicit weapons from a plane from North Korea, a senior official said Thursday.”

N. Korean leader makes rare visit to trade zone, stresses export growth [Yonhap]
“North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has visited Rason, a northern port city that the country is developing into a trade hub, where he gave guidelines on increasing exports, state media said Thursday.”

NKorea threatens SKorea over naval drills [AP]
“North Korea threatened retaliation against South Korea over what it claimed were naval drills around their disputed sea border, accusing Seoul on Thursday of attempting to escalate tension.”

China
China Imposes New Internet Controls
[NYT]

“China’s government censors have taken fresh aim at the Internet, rolling out new measures that limit ordinary citizens’ ability to set up personal Web sites and to view hundreds of other Web sites offering films, video games [etc].”

Copenhagen
U.S. pledges billions; China says climate pact is doubtful
[WP]
“Clinton warned that China — which has resisted attempts for international verification of emission cuts and told officials here before Clinton spoke that a global pact seems unlikely — must agree to monitoring if a deal is to reached.”

Obama heads to Copenhagen as climate talks falter [Reuters]
“U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen on Thursday to help secure a U.N. climate pact, staking his credibility on an as yet elusive deal that has ramifications for him at home and on the world stage.”

AfPak
Afghan ministers on ‘graft’ list
[Al Jazeera]
“The list, released on the final day of a three-day anti-corruption conference, includes five senior members within the government of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, said Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kabul.”

U.N. Officials Say American Offered Plan to Replace Karzai [NYT]
“As widespread fraud in the Afghanistan presidential election was becoming clear three months ago, the No. 2 United Nations official in the country, the American Peter W. Galbraith, proposed enlisting the White House in a plan to replace the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, according to two senior United Nations officials.”

Pakistan Strikes Down Amnesty for Politicians [NYT]
“The Supreme Court struck down a controversial amnesty on Wednesday that had dismissed corruption allegations against thousands of Pakistan’s politicians, including President Zardari, effectively restoring the cases against them.”

Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats [NYT]
“Parts of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are mounting what American officials here describe as a campaign to harass American diplomats.”

Intel officials: US missiles kill 17 in Pakistan [AP]
“Two suspected U.S. missile strikes, one using multiple drones, killed 17 people in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border Thursday, local intelligence officials said.”

Middle East
Haaretz exclusive: Olmert’s plan for peace with the Palestinians
[Haaretz]
“Former prime minister Ehud Olmert proposed giving the Palestinians land from communities bordering the Gaza Strip and from the Judean Desert nature reserve in exchange for settlement blocs in the West Bank.”

Yemeni security forces exterminate al-Qaeda [Yemen Today]
“A group of 34 al-Qaeda members were killed and 17 others were arrested by special operations in Abyan province, Sana’a city, and Arhab, implemented by the Yemeni security forces said an official statement on Thursday.”

Europe
Nato fails to gain Russia aid in Afghanistan [BBC]
“On Wednesday Mr Rasmussen asked Moscow to provide helicopters to Afghanistan and also requested Russian help in training the Afghan air force. But he told the BBC he had received no positive response from the Kremlin.”

Russian FM: US-Russian arms deal not ready [AP]
“Sergey Lavrov said disagreements over such issues during the past few days had slowed efforts to reach a deal, and he agreed with the White House’s assessment that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are not expected to sign a nuclear weapons treaty when they travel to Copenhagen this week.”

España tendrá más de 1.500 soldados en Afganistán en 2010 – “Spain will have more than 1500 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010” [El Pais]
“España aumentará en más del 50% su actual contingente permanente en Afganistán que en 2010 sobrepasará los 1.500 militares.” – “Spain will increase its permanent contingent in Afghanistan by more than 50% in 2010, surpassing 1500 soldiers…”

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital with bandaged nose [Times of London]
“Doctors say that the normally ebullient Mr Berlusconi is still in pain and having difficulty eating. There are fears for the long-term impact of the attack on his morale.”

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Daily International News 12.09.09

December 9, 2009

Daily International News
December 9, 2009

Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s political science
[WP]
Op-ed by Sarah Palin – “The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won’t change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.”

Climate Conference Begins to Feel Pressure of the Clock [NYT]
“Two proposals popped loudly on Tuesday: a Danish text, seen by many observers to be mainly accommodating the interests of the United States and other industrialized powers; and one drafted by China and endorsed by a variety of developing countries. Both were criticized by the opposing camps.”

Japan
Japan to Give U.S. a Plan on Air Base
[NYT]
“Japan’s prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, said Wednesday that he wants to present concrete proposals [on Futenma] to President Obama next week… Mr. Hatoyama said he may seek a meeting with Mr. Obama during the climate change conference in Copenhagen to relay the proposals directly to him.”

DPRK
Lock-down as high-level talks start on N. Korea
[CNN]
“A U.S. State Department official said Bosworth would not carry any new proposals or new initiatives on his visit.”

US assures NKorea of ‘robust’ direct talks channel [AP]
“U.S. officials say a peace treaty is not on the agenda for Bosworth’s trip to the North. However, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that it “would not surprise us” if the North raised other issues.”

China
China moves to indict top dissident for subversion
[AP]
“Police have finally presented a case against prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed for a year without charge after helping produce a high-profile manifesto calling for sweeping democratic reforms in China.”

Burma
Myanmar junta calls detained Suu Kyi “dishonest”
[Reuters]
“Suu Kyi, who is held under house arrest, had tried to harm the government’s image and her behaviour had been “highly questionable,” said a commentary carried in three state-run newspapers, which serve as mouthpieces for the reclusive regime.”

India/AfPak
5 Americans detained in Pakistan; no reason given
[AP]
“A U.S. Embassy spokesman said officials there were aware of the reported arrests, but had no more information.”

Afghanistan will need U.S. help for 15 to 20 years, Karzai says [LAT]
“Gates did not take issue with Karzai’s timeline, but he said he hoped that the Afghan military could be ready sooner. Gates emphasized that a U.S. withdrawal would begin in 2011, as outlined by President Obama in his order last week to deploy an additional 30,000 troops. But Gates said the drawdown would be a process lasting several years as Afghan forces took responsibility.”

Two Top Aides Show Unity on Afghan Strategy [NYT]
“[McChrystal] He was joined by Karl W. Eikenberry, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, who was much more skeptical during the plan’s formulation, and who conceded Tuesday that success could not be guaranteed.”

Violent protests shut down high-tech Indian city [WP]
“Violent protests by students for a separate state to be carved out of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh shut down the main city of Hyderabad on Wednesday.”

‘Amnesty helped Zardari make billions’ [Times of India]
“The documents provided by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) showed that Zardari had been accused of illegally amassing assets worth USD 1.5 billion and Rs 22 billion, mainly during the period when his slain wife Benazir Bhutto was the Premier in the 1990s.”

Middle East
Israel gives initial OK to Jerusalem referendum
[AP]
“Israel’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a piece of legislation that would require a national referendum on any peace deal that gives up control of east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. If approved, the law could constrain the ability of any future Israeli government to turn over captured land as part of a peace deal.”

Iran says will show no mercy to opposition protesters [WP]
“From now on, we will show no mercy toward anyone who acts against national security. They will be confronted firmly,” said prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei.”

Europe
UK slaps tax on bankers’ bonuses ahead of election
[AP]
“The British government slapped a one-time tax of 50 percent on fat bank bonuses as it tried to win over voters ahead of a looming general election.”

Darling raises National Insurance in pre-Budget report [BBC]
“National Insurance will go up by a further 0.5p from 2011 and public sector workers face a 1% pay cap, Alistair Darling has announced.”

Ireland’s abortion law challenged in European court [BBC]
“The legal action has been brought by three Irish women who say the effective ban on abortion in Ireland violates the European Convention on Human Rights…The case is the first challenge to Ireland’s abortion laws in more than 15 years.”

Terror charges for man in Germany over US targets [WP]
“The 24-year-old, identified only as Kadir T. in line with German privacy laws, was charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and violating export laws, federal prosecutors said.”

Americas
Honduran Anti-Drug Chief Is Killed
[WSJ]
“The victim is retired Gen. Julian Aristides Gonzalez, the general director of the Office for Combatting Drug Trafficking.”

Peru army plans arms purchase, tests Chinese tanks [AP]
“The Lima newspaper La Republica reported that it plans to buy 80 to 120 tanks and has evaluated Chinese, German, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish models….Peru President Alan Garcia has pushed for a disarmament pact in South America as weapons purchases in Venezuela, Brazil and Chile and a U.S. military expansion in Colombia fuels a budding arms race.”

Domestic
Democrats reach deal on health bill
[WP]
“Senate Democratic healthcare negotiators said they agreed on Tuesday to replace a government-run insurance option with a scaled-back non-profit plan and would seek cost estimates on the deal.”

A Jobs Speech with Elbows [Time]
Op-ed on Obama jobs speech – “The President gave a terrific economic speech today, proposing some new jobs-creating initiatives.”

Coakley, Brown to Battle in Massachusetts U.S. Senate Election [Bloomberg]
“The winner between Coakley, 56, and Brown, 50, in a Jan. 19 special election will serve the rest of Kennedy’s term, ending in January 2013.”